Police in Fort Portal, Kabarole District, are investigating circumstances under which a special hire driver was abducted and his vehicle dumped on the roadside on Christmas Eve.
Saidi Kakanga, a special hire driver operating at Viz Tours Special Hire park in the heart of Fort Portal, was kidnapped on December 24 at around 5:00pm.
It is alleged two unidentified men approached Saidi asking him to take them towards Bundibugyo but since then he has not surfaced.
According to his brother Joseph Kaija, the vehicle, a Toyota Wish brand registration number UBD 062/C and silver in colour, was found in Bukwali East division, Fort Portal municipality.
The owner of the property where the car was found later reported the matter to authorities who have since commenced an investigation.
Two unknown men were seen parking the vehicle before disappearing with some goodies.
Lydia Tumushabe, the Public Relations Officer Rwenzori region expressed hope that Saidi would be traced but couldn’t rule out the possibility of being harmed.
Solomon Mugisa, the area Community Liaison Officer said Saidi’s mobile phones have been switched off since he went missing.
He however, called on the drivers to be extra vigilant.
Mugisa says apart from this suspected incident of kidnap, this christimas celebrations were more peaceful than last year’s which were characterized by fatal accidents and murders.
In his Christmas sermon on Tuesday at St.John’s cathedral, the Bishop of Ruwenzori Diocese Rt. Rev. Reuben Kisembo strongly condemned the rampant cases of child kidnaps in the country and demanded the perpetrators to repent.
Bishop Kisembo also condemned the increasing land grabbing, corruption in public institutions and mistreatment of the poor among other evil acts.
He called upon Christians to support the poor, orphans and the needy instead of side-lining them.
The Bishop wondered why most people celebrate Christmas with a lot of excitement which he said leads to excessive alcohol consumption, sexual immorality, theft and murder.